Meet Our New Master Peer Instructors

We are pleased to welcome five new Master Peer Instructors for the 2015-2016 academic year. In addition to coaching and supervising our Peer Instructors next academic year, these outstanding undergraduates also serve as mentors to our research assistants and represent the Aresty Research Center at various events. Master Peer Instructors are selected for their demonstrated leadership, strong research knowledge, and dedication to scholarly community at Rutgers.

Alina AfinogenovaAlina Afinogenova is a senior in the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, double majoring in Genetics and Economics and minoring in Cognitive Science. She is currently working under the direction of Dr. Gabriella D'Arcangelo investigating the molecular and cellular bases of the deficits in brain development and function exhibited in TSC patients. Last summer, Alina worked at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida, conducting research on learning and memory under the direction of Dr. Sathya Puthanveettil. She is also one of the 2015 Goldwater Scholars and has presented her work at the “Wiring the Brain” conference at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories.


Jackie Bradli-ChampagneJackie Champagne is a senior in the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program majoring in physics and minoring in philosophy. As an Aresty RA, she worked, and continues to work, with Dr. Charles Keeton in the Department of Physics and Astronomy studying the effects of gravitational lensing on distant systems in space. During the summer of 2014, she had the opportunity to work on an REU project in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University. After graduating from Rutgers, she plans to pursue a PhD in astrophysics.


Miriam LisciMiriam Lisci is a senior in the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. She is a Genetics major and a Criminology minor. She works with Dr. Konsolaki investigating the environmental effects of pesticides on Alzheimer's disease. During the past two summers she was an intern in the Molecular Biology Department at Princeton University and in the Genetics Department at Washington University in St. Louis. This year she is also teaching a FIGS seminar, Exploring Health & Medicine.


Ian McGeownIan McGeown is a senior in the School of Arts and Sciences, majoring in History/Political Science and minoring in Digital Communication, Information and Media. He was an Aresty Research Assistant with Dr. David Redlawsk at the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, working to determine the viability of the use of social media websites as reliable measures of public opinion. He currently remains on the staff at the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling.


Carolyn ZhuCarolyn Zhu is a fourth year student in the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. As a former Aresty Summer Science Program participant, she conducted Alzheimer's disease research with Dr. Qian Cai in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience. Currently, she is working with Dr. Patrick Sinko in the School of Pharmacy's Honors Research Program to assess drug cytotoxicity in non-small cell lung cancer.